Ben Samuels

Ben Samuels

Actor, Director, Dramaturge, Musician, Narrator, Playwright, Researcher, Screenwriter, Story Analyst, Theatre Director and Voice Actor

London, England

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About Ben

I studied theatre and cultural history at Brown University (USA), and received my MFA at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), where I was supported by a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for Theatre Arts. As Artistic Director of the award-winning company Limbik, I wrote and performed in our first two shows The Harbour and Ghost Town, and conceived and directed The Messenger (based on interviews with NHS nurses) and our forthcoming adaptation of George Saunders' short story, The Semplica Girl Diaries.

Other Directing work includes: The Other by Gael le Cornec, a one woman show based on stories of child refugees, was shortlisted for Amnesty International's Freedom of Expression Award; Kitchen by Gael le Cornec (Stonecrabs Theatre Company), drew from oral history interviews with the Brazilian community in London; The Curious Climb of Cutter Chee, an adaptation of Brecht's Arturo Ui created in Mumbai and inspired by Bollywood gangster films from the 1970s; and The Mighty Prince (Open Sky Productions), a show for young audiences based on Buddhist children's stories.

I am an Associate Director at The University of Cumbria, where I have created 10 productions since 2010. My work with Drama students focuses on devising adaptations of classic texts, allowing the students to work with both original contexts and develop their own capacity as theatre makers.

Additional theatre credits include: Assistant Director to Andrew Dawson for Redcape's award-winning The Idiot Colony; Dramaturg for Redcape's From Newbury With Love; Actor-Creator for The Locked Door (Likely Story); The Gravity Project (Counterweight), and Bespoke (Nutkhut); Actor-Composer-Musician in Mike Kenny's Boy With a Suitcase (Barnstorm Theatre, Ireland) and in Paul Boyd's adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (The Castle, Wellingborough); Special Agent Gordon Cole an immersive Twin Peaks: "The Owls are not what they Seem" (Lemonade and Laughing Gas), and Dr Rank in the Danish Company Fit and Foxy's UK transfer of their groundbreaking interpretation of Ibsen's A Doll's House.

Film/Digital media credits include: Maajid Nawaz in Amnesty International's short film Oxygen, and a pair of overly excited hands in Meiro Kozumi's The Birth of Tragedy for Tate Live's Performance Room. I worked as a Researcher and Assistant Producer for Rights Unuiversal, a series of short films about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights produced by Native Voice Films and Channel 4 (UK).

An accomplished mandolinist, I played regularly with the UK's hardest working klezmer-balkan-gypsy band, She'koyokh.

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